Photography Report 1 - Bangkok Street Photography

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Bangkok Streetphotography

Hey Guys!
Yesterday it was finally on the time to try out my new camera body in the streets of Bangkok. As some of my followers might know - I mainly want to focus on People/Street - Photography in the future. I documented my progress in the past few months in my 3 part Series Bangkok, Let's do this....
So yesterday afternoon around 2PM it was time to take the bus from my current location Chonburi to Bangkok, which takes around 1h if the traffic is not totale horrible (which it usually is :D).. And as I planed to stay overnight, I booked a cheap hostel called Sukhumvit 41 Leemur Hostel (250 Bath - 7 US$) in case someone is ever around Bangkok and is looking for a cheap hostel.
After checking in, preparing my camera bag and getting ready for shooting , I took the Skytrain to Chinatown which is an fabulous spot for Streetphotography as there are thousands of people out on a Saturday afternoon/evening enjoying to walk around and having some of the delicious food which you can find everywhere in the whole town.

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(Yaowarat RD - Chinatown, Bangkok)
My goal for the evening/night was to find interesting spots & people in this area and to develop my skill in Streetphotography . The thing which already changed since my first 3 attempts in the past months is, that I feel 100% confident walking around and taking pictures of people now. I remember the first time I was really shy and had to force myself to just click :)). Enough talking, let me show you some of the best pictures I took on my trip:

Chinatown, Bangkok






I was quite happy with the pictures I took in the first couple of hours (which you see above) but it still wasn't something special and I really wanted to get more unique shots from the streets. As I already walked around a lot I was pretty hungry and sat down in a restaurant to have some dinner and it suddenly started a heavy tropical Thunderstorm which brought a very strong rain on the streets and that was my chance, Go out there and get them shots!!
So I finished my food as fast as I could and went out in the heavy rain and things got more interesting :) :

Tropical rain over Chinatown







As the rain stopped it was shortly before midnight and the streets were still pretty busy and people enjoyed in every spot around this area. After spending many hours in this area I decided to take a few more shots and walk a bit outside of this area and get lost somewhere else in Bangkok and try to do some more "urban" Streetphotography








The last picture I took was from a guy sleeping on a chair on the streets. It was already after 2AM and I easily could have fallen asleep in one of those chairs as well :D .. But I was brave enough to take a taxi back to my Hostel.


The whole trip was super exciting and also exhausting (walked +20km) but I really enjoyed doing it :)

Thanks for reading !


As always, feel free to have a chat with me in the comments :))


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These are really amazing photos @worldcapture. You truly captured the essence of the people there. I have been to Bangkok but not to the Chinatown specifically. But I can see Bangkok and at some parts maybe even Hong Kong in your photos :) It is interesting that there was a bus with South Korea flag on it. The hostel is really cheap isn't it? And wow, you walked 20+km during the trip, going around taking photos? That is quite an achievement! The best part I think, it doesn't really feel like 20KM, right? :) Thank you so much for sharing them with us. I enjoyed reading your post and viewing your photos.


Hey @marblely :)) Thank you very much for your comment. Well yeah , the hostel was super cheap - it was like 8$ incl. breakfast :D Well no it does not feel that much when u just walk around and enjoy what you are doing :) Hope you have a great day !


Oo including breakfast is a really good deal. I know things in Thailand can be cheap if you look around for them and you found one :) Did you try the Thai massage when you were there? I heard it can be really cheap too but scary because they do the breaking-bone-action type of massage :D

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Brilliant and fabulous photography my dear @worldcapture!!🤗💙💜💙

Love, light and peace.


Thank you dear @stardivine :)) Happy you like it ! <3

Awesome street photography my friend. I liked these....

Worth all those 20 hours. You captured a lot of stories in an inspiring way! Also I admire your light managing skills.


Thank you very much @manoldonchev ! Appreciate your comment ! :))


You are welcome and I thank you. I'll be happy to return to your blog. I just have lots to do now but see you later ;) And good luck!


Sure buddy, Always welcome ! :))

wonderful street life...very beautiful Bangkok city your photography my friend Chris ❤ i very much love with 2 monomad effect photo.


Thank you very much @ykdesign ! I'm glad you like it :)) <3

Stunning, you got some talent!


Thanks @for91days !! Working on it, ha ! Cheers :))

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Wonderful photography 📷


Thank you dear @moniroy :))


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Whoa, awesome! Thank you very much @travelfeed! :)) Highly appreciate it!!

This is so good! Who cares with Steem price goes down if there's a great content like this. Awesome post, mate!


Thank you very much @gibic !! Appreciate your comment :)) And I agree, there is no Need for worrying about the price. Patience is always the key :))

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Whoa!! Thanks a ton for appreciating my work @curie & community!! So stoked now !! :)) Thank you!

@worldcapture Spectacula work. The shots in the middle of the rain were extremely spectacular. The photos in the rain look so magical and special. Great job capturing in the streets of Bangkok. Seeing every detail you captured from people's daily routines at their daily dinners, walking, talking is fantastic. Spectacular result. On good time. A big greeting.


Wow, thank you so much for taking the time for that kind comment @yenisfer ! Hope u have a great day :))

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Awesome ! Thank you very much @c-squared :))

To go back to Hostel is really brave ;-)
*i have a film in my head :-D

But your long walk was really worth it 👍 , because we had never saw this super awesome pictures! I want it so hard to fly on myself to asia and visit also bangkok. (some friends had been there) A massiv and exciting city. Great that you bring us here on steemit some impressions 😃.

Much lovely greetings from germany ✌


Hey @avizor ! Thanks for your comment! Oh yeah, Bangkok is definitely an amzaing BIG City :D There is just so much to explore! I hope u have the chance one day to Asia, it's just another beautiful world :) Hope u have a great day! Best greetings back! :)

Wow, what a wonderful street life, Chris. By looking your photos, you really bring the beautiful Bangkok city to life. The Bangkok china town shot and the rain, it really amazing. You are talented to capture story into a photo. By just viewing your photos, it can tell a thousand stories behind each scenes. and as if i was part of them. Do you ever enter any photography competitions? If no, maybe you can consider it in near future.


Hey @oliviackl :) I appreciate you long comment! Thank you for taking the time :)) I agree, photos from the street can tell many stories . Well i do participate in @czechglobalhosts amazing photography competitions with mostly landscape photography. For street i have not found competitions yet. Wish you a great day ahead :))


Great to hear that you participate in competition. You have such a talent in photography. I lack of that skill, that's the reason why I like to appreciate others photographers' photos. And yours was amazing. Keep it up and post more.

Very nice street photography my friend. I liked rainy pictures.


Thank you very much @fatima92 :)) Appreciate it!


You are welcome .

I thought it is other way round, people tend to be shy when you try to click photos of them.

I feel 100% confident walking around and taking pictures of people now

I really liked the photos, a great compilation of some amazing clicks.


Thank you @codingdefined :)) Well I'm just talking for myself personaly, I felt not confident taking pictures of random People on the streets a few months back but now it works just fine. Most people on the pictures did not even see me i think :))


Hahaha, a ghost cameraman :P, that's why people did not saw you.


just like that ! Haha :D

great schtuff brudda!
Luv what ur doing mang,
keep it up


Thanks bro!!! Appreciate it OI !

I was in Bangkok for the last couple of years, but never got to Chinatown. I'm in a big storm in Kuala Lumpur now while looking at your photos. It is much the same, but very different. I used to live in Southern California and I am always amazed by how life goes on in these storms. Back in Cali, no one would try to move unless they were in a car.

I love your monk shot and the black and whites. I too have a lot of trouble shooting people and pretty much don't do it. I think you have a knack for it. Maybe I will remember your example and get some courage.


Hey @fitinfun ! Thank you for taking the time to comment under my post :) Yeah i know what you mean, here in asia people just keep doing what ever they are doing - if it rains or not :D Definitely different to most of the western countries :D.

Im glad you like the photos. Yeah I really really love shooting people on the streets. That's basically all i wanna do , ha :D Hope you have a great day and stay safe in the storm :)


You won't be surprised to know it was an exciting couple of hours and now it's gone! I will keep you in mind next time I hesitate. My photos look like I live in a world without people :)


I saw some of them! Great shots btw!


Well thank you very much! That means a lot to me coming from you :)

Hello your photos are absolutely amazing i can't even say witch one i prefer i love them all. I went twice to bangkok and i really like this city and i love the food there:D


Thank you very much @drawmeaship :)) Much appreciated ! It's a great city, right? And yes, the food is amazing, ha!

I could see some improvements on the last photos compared to the first few ones. The last ones had people staring back at you while the first few shots were people unaware of you. Maybe confidence to go overt on taking a photo of them?

You're improving alright and these are cool photos. Congrats on the curie upvote :D


Hey @adamada :) Thank you for your comment! Well yeah i felt pretty confidend during the whole session, the Pictures got just more interessting as the weather changed :)) Cheers!


My goal for the evening/night was to find interesting spots & people in this area and to develop my skill in Streetphotography . The thing which already changed since my first 3 attempts in the past months is, that I feel 100% confident walking around and taking pictures of people now. I remember the first time I was really shy and had to force myself to just click :)).

is pure gold. Every aspiring street photographer should pay attention to this passage. You have overcome a mental barrier, good work! The photos are pretty good too. A trick I use is finding a spot that makes a good composition: a colorful doorway, an area with great light and lines....whatever. Then I park and wait for something to happen, to activate the space. Then I make the image. It's a trick I learned reading writings by Henri Cartier Bresson. Keep it up man!


Hey @deadcountry ! Appreciate your comment! Your trick sounds pretty solid, i have to work with more interesting backrounds in the future as well, good Point! Ill have a look at those writings ! Thanks a lot ! Love hearing new ideas !!



Thanks brotha!!

howdy there from Texas worldcapture! wow that was some night you had! you walked 20 km? and spent all those hours out in the streets, that's some dedication and very impressive.
Even though this was exhausting are you going to do it again? because I think this could be additive!
great job sir.


Hey @Janton ! Thank you for your reply, appreciate it!

Yeah it was actually more than 20 Km walking through the streets :D But i enjoyed every second of it as it felt like christmas as a child, ha! I will do it again, 100% . I actually can not wait for my next attempt to go out and find interesting people to shoot pictures off ! :) Hope u have a great day!


howdy again worldcapture! well that is certainly a fascinating snapshot of the nightlife of the city, most of those could be in magazines!


Thanks a ton Janton! Really appreciate it !!! :))

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That's awesome! Thank you @steemitworldmap! :))

Awesome shots! I love the aesthetic of BKK for street photography.


Thanks @travisduffy !! Yeah it's a super good city for street photography ! Cheers!

What an authentic experience and what a trooper to stay out so long, really making the most of your time. Keep it up


Thank you @vegoutt-travel :)) Glad you like it ! Hope you have a great day!!

Getting those shots must have been quite an adventure, I am sure the result you got paid off for all the stress you had to go through...

I love the photos, they are incredibly beautiful, especially those you took while it was raining. They are pretty unique, I haven't seen much of street photography that captures all that goes on while its raining....

Hope you got the much needed sleep when you got home?


Hey @audreybits :) Thank you for taking the time to comment on my Report! Highly appreciate it !!

Well it was for sure an adventure which i enjoyed a lot and want to repeat as soon as i can :) Oh, and yes , haha :D I did get some sleep. A few hours before i went back to my current home and after that i spend around 4-5h with editing and about 3h for writing the blog post. I was pretty exhausted after I puplished it to be honest.. But I enjoyed doing it :)) Hope you have a great day!


I can only imagine how exhausted you were but I guess what's important is that you enjoyed the adventure (and the editing too), that definitely covers up all the hitches... Lol.

A repeat will be great!! You plan on visiting the same place you visited the last time? Or, do you have another location in mind?

I believe I will have a great day, Thank you!!

I take it you are liking the new camera? Those are some great shots, I think they got better as you went along. The part I really liked is that they are just "real" no fake poses no performances, just real people frozen in time. BTW what kind of settings were you using (or filter) that allowed you to take such great shots at night while your subjects were moving? Action shots at night never seem to go well for me.


Hey @coinsandchain ! Thank you for your comment! Well i used mostly like a shutter of 1/100 , Iso 1000 - 1600 and a aperture of F1.8 - 3.5 :) Worked pretty good !

I believe you captured the street life of Bangkok very well with these pictures. Although I've never been there myself, I can only judge from what I've seen or read about Bangkok. It always seems to be very busy there.. You must have been exhausted after a 20 km walk, impressive haha ! Thanks for sharing this great post!

Do you have any experience taking photos to people and they got angry with you, maybe by not asking permission of taking photos to them Chris?
I hope it never happen.
I guess you got short in your time because you haven't taken photos during daytime?
Oh! Maybe it will on your Report 2.

By the way, you've done it pretty good even you're tired already.
I salute you to that!


Hey @Ronel :) Thank you for taking the time to comment on my Report! Well so far I never got any Problems. I think one important thing is to be confident while shooting on the street. Always smile to the people and dont give them an strange feeling. And also be quick, dont take to many picutres of the same person. And if ever someone comes up to me and confront me i will just delete the Picture and apologize to them.

Well i unfortunately do not have any daytime photos from the Weekend, as I wanted to focus on night photography this time :)

Thanks again! Hope you have a great day.


You're welcome!
Actually its too hot in here now.
I guess it will rain after a few hours. But its a great day indeed.

See you on your next post.
Have a great day as well!